When I was 16 and in 10th grade, I began working at Oregon Dairy. After all, I had a car and needed gas money and insurance money; this is one of my first jobs. I started out there as a bagger, bagging groceries for people that came to the checkout line. At times I would help stock shelves, but eventually, I ended up in the seafood department. I worked there for the good four years and through part of my college experience. Oregon Dairy to me was always a grocery store. But in the 30 years since then, Oregon Dairy has changed and evolved.
Now my family stops by to eat at Oregon Dairy’s Country Restaurant and Buffet, nestled next to the original grocery store. It is a great place for families and one but you don’t necessarily need to dress to the nines for. They serve quality food, much of which has its roots in Amish and Mennonite culture. On weekends has a buffet if you’re into that sort of thing.
The other feature that Oregon Dairy has added is the Milk House Ice Cream Shoppe. The Milk House Ice Cream Shoppe is one of my favorite places to get ice cream. It has a beautiful wood deck next to it where you can sit in the summertime and look out over the Oregon Dairy farm. For those of you with kids, it saddles up next to a wonderful playground with slides, swings, a petting zoo with goats and sheep, and even a spacious pen with white tail deer. They even have one that is albino. During the late spring, summer, and early fall, the deck hosts bands on the weekends.
Last year my family and I went to explore their corn maze. It’s perfect for this time a year to do this, here in October when I’m recording this episode. The corn maze runs from the middle of September to the end of October. Its the classic hedge maze that runs through corn stalks. When in the maze, there are helpers along the way in case you get stuck. It takes about an hour and a half to complete and makes for the perfect date night. And for those with families, it is definitely family friendly, with many activities at the end of the maze geared toward children.
One the activities at my son really enjoyed was picking his own pumpkins in their pumpkin patch. Right beside the pumpkin patch, Oregon Dairy had a device called a pumpkin chunkin. Here a handler loads a pumpkin into a pressurized air cannon that shoots to pumpkin about 100 yards aiming for some sort of wagon. My son found it immensely thrilling and fun.
There are many other activities Oregon Dairy offers. If you’re into the more an educational side of things, they offer farm tours where you can go and explore a modern working farm. They also provide tours of their milk house. If you want to find out more about what Oregon Dairy has to offer, check out the Oregon dairy website at Oregondairy.com.